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Old 04-03-2009, 02:54 PM
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Although a novice to herding dogs; I've done some research into the ACD; when I was considering another dog after Kim. I wanted a higher drive dog that was obedient and could do schutzhund. My first introduction to the cattle dog breed was at a horse show; where the assorted border collies, aussies and other breeds were represented. I went to a person's truck to retrieve their spurs for them; and was nearly accosted by their ACD; very guardy about the property, very bold and a stunning example of muscle and colour (love blue roans).

I don't see such a split in the breed; from conformation to performance. There is a bit; you can see a much rougher look to some of the unregistered cowboy dogs; but unless you are herding several hundred head of cattle; I don't see you needing a rough dog. A breeder who health tests, shows her dogs to the public at shows and trials a bit; would certainly contribute to a sound companion.

Good luck; and it is nice to be able to visit your breeder in person.

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